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Former NFL all-pro predicts “tough” Lions against Browns for first win

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The Detroit Lions have their sights set on Week 11 and while the team was close to their first win this season, they failed to find him on the field.

Predicting that Lions will do this can be a silly task for some. But one former NFL player believes it will happen this week and is showing off his shot in that regard just a week after the Lions came close to snapping their elusive first win over another AFC North opponent.

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In an interview with Gambling.com’s Bryce Derouin, former NFL pro-bowler and all-pro Shawne Merriman, who is an ambassador for the site, revealed his game selection for Week 11. When it came to the Lions, Merriman said directly, that he believes Detroit’s losing streak will end this week against the Cleveland Browns.

“I believe the Lions will have their first victory. You play hard. If they get one or two wins this season, I think it’ll come against the Browns. I like the demeanor of head coach Dan Campbell. I like your personality, your passion and your willingness to defend yourself. No matter how high your record is, you won’t just run away. They will play and fight you for 60 minutes, ”he said in the piece.

Merriman would know the tendencies of successful teams as he played for the Los Angeles Chargers in San Diego and had a lot of personal accomplishments on the field. He finished his career with 45.5 sacks and 257 career tackles and was the league’s bag leader in 2006. He was also one of the toughest players in the league.

This season, despite their record, the Lions have gotten a lot of credit for playing hard, and it’s clear Merriman likes what he sees of Dan Campbell and his crew.

At the start of this season, it seemed like the Lions and Browns were going to be two teams going in opposite directions. Many believed the Browns were going to be Super Bowl contenders, and while it looked like it, things have changed in a rush for them this season. Cleveland is 5-5 this season and desperately needs a comeback win after an ugly defeat to New England. You could have injury issues with quarterback Baker Mayfield who has struggled at times this season.

Detroit, on the other hand, needs to feel good about where they stand after kicking hard and winning a draw. The Lions offense appears to be able to play the ball well, and the defense keeps the team competitive and in games. To that end, the Lions are upgraded as a 0-8-1 team and maybe a little better than their record suggests. This will be a huge challenge for the Browns as the point is not to overlook a hungry team that can sneak up on opponents this year. Because of this, Merriman likely sees this game as a win for the Lions and so dangerous for Cleveland.

Regardless of those thoughts, history is not on Detroit’s side when it comes to avoiding making history again. The Lions were the first team to reach 0-16 in 2008 and were later supported by the Cleveland Browns. Now, however, the league has added one more game so the Lions could make history again by becoming the league’s first 0-17 team. If you look at the schedule, the Lions may have a chance to make more history, considering that they will play against strong teams from the AFC North as well as the NFC West in the second half of the season, in addition to a few more fights with theirs NFC north competition.

The Lions may apparently run out of time to score that first win, but at least one former player believes it will happen for the team this week.

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